The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) is beginning to conduct modified restaurant inspections in response to the health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Inspectors will undertake a daily health screening and will only be working when feeling well. They will be wearing face coverings, washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently and staying 6 feet from others, when possible. Our inspectors will expect your restaurant staff to follow these same measures. Review this inspection information sheet.
- You will be notified about the timeframe of an upcoming inspection.
- Inspections will be shorter, limited to checking for conditions most associated with foodborne illness, pest conditions, compliance with New York State COVID-19 requirements and smoking.
- During most inspections, inspectors will educate only and not issue summonses or letter grades. There are two exceptions: (1) if hazardous conditions are observed and cannot be corrected before the end of the inspection, the restaurant may be closed as a temporary measure to protect public health; and (2) if restaurant staff interfere or obstruct the inspection process, the NYC Health Department may issue a summons or take further action.